10 Reasons Why You Should Switch From Windows To Linux

  • Post last modified:April 27, 2021
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Raise your hand if you have been experiencing countless Windows updates, virus attacks, malware, ransomware, being limited with everything, or just looking for some good options aside from Windows or Apple?  If you’re out there looking for some answers, worry no more. 

Linux is the solution you’ve been looking for. With its open-source operating system that has been established more than two decades ago, Linux got you covered.  Is it time to make the switch? 

Here are some reasons why you should switch from Windows to Linux and never look back.

Why Make the Switch? 

1. It is FREE.

If you think you are not paying a single dime for your operating system when you buy a laptop or a desktop, you’re wrong.

When you purchase one, the cost of Windows is actually built-in. Also, you actually have to pay for most apps in Windows, like the MS Office, but when you’re using Linux, you can install LibreOffice directly from the app store for free.

If you’re using Photoshop and paying for it on a monthly basis, you can actually use The GIMP as an alternative. And when it’s time for you to upgrade, almost all Linux distribution is free. 

2. It is secured. 

If you’re looking for another reason to switch from Windows to Linux, another reason is because of its security and privacy.

There’s a lesser chance for you to experience virus attacks, malware, and ransomware with Linux by design.

Linux users also swear that they go on years without experiencing security issues compared to Windows. But, you must remember that no OS is secured 100%.

Thus, you have to use your laptops or PCs wisely. 

3. It is user-friendly. 

Way back in the early 2000s, it would be a challenge to install and use Linux. It was said that the uber tech-savvy geeks were the only ones who can understand and use it successfully. But, it has evolved ever since.

The modern operating systems of Linux are now easy to install on your desktop or laptops. You can just point and click apps with the minimum skill required. 

4. It is flexible. 

If you have been a Windows user for a long time, you would know that there’s only a very little customization you can do.

If you are the type who would like to work in a unique way, the limited customization from Windows isn’t enough. Luckily, you can customize your OS with Linux to perfectly suit your needs.

You can do limitless customizations. Plus, they’re very easy to manage. 

5. It’s reliable. 

Linux is reliable. Period Linux very rarely crashes. And even if one app crashes, there’s a very slim chance for your entire system to get locked, unlike Windows.

But, if in case it happens, you can use the terminal or virtual console to close the app from the command line and regain control of your PC (which you can never do with Windows).

Linux apps are rock solid. Goodbye, blue screen of death

6. It is easy to upgrade. 

Have you ever experienced seeing that update prompt on your screen every time you start or restart Windows? With Linux, you can do upgrades very easily.

It only needs to be restarted once the kernel is upgraded, unlike Windows, where you have to restart every time an app is upgraded.   

7. It’s compatible with old hardware. 

With Windows, you are often forced to buy new hardware, especially every time you make an upgrade. You don’t have to do that with Linux.

As a matter of fact, you can see that most Linux distributions were designed to run well, even on old hardware

In the case of a low-end PC, you can install several Linux Distributions such as Ubuntu Kylin, Linux Mint, Linux Lite and many more.

8. It comes with drivers.

If you have been a Windows user, then you probably have experienced the endless search for drivers as its OS does not usually come with drivers.

Thus, you are forced to download them separately.

9. Support is easy to find. 

One great thing about using Linux is that the OS has a tremendous amount of support features. It has tons of online group forums and a mailing list that’s specifically dedicated to helping Linux users solve their problems.

The best thing is, they are free of charge

10. It is easy to use.

Some people think that Linux is very difficult to use because of its powerful operating system that most PC-users are unaware of. But, in actuality, it is very easy to use.

It has evolved ever since and now has a very easy-to-use operating system

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Wrap-up

Now that you have read some good reasons to switch from Windows to Linux, you must be assured that Linux has more plus points than Windows – it’s more powerful, reliable and easy to use and most of all, won’t cost you tons of money. 

So, the question is, would you make the switch? Write down below and try some of the popular Linux Distributions.

 

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  1. Jed

    Blah, blah, blah.
    The two biggest groups that will NEVER change to Linux are…
    1] Gamers – and don’t give me that Wine rubbish
    2] Microsoft Office users – we have nothing that comes even close to a replacement.

    FYI: I dumped Windows many years ago and have had this discussion many times.

    Now – your “great reasons” to change.

    1. It is FREEReally??? Grasping at straws a bit aren’t we?

    3. It is user-friendly] User friendly??? NO, it is not. With no .exe options you have to walk a landmine embedded path to install something your Software Manager thinks is “unnecessary”.For example – Ubuntu has Vivaldi, but Linux Mint doesn’t.
    Don’t even get me started with Synaptic Package Manager.

    6. It is easy to upgrade. Some are, some aren’t. Linux Mint 19 to Mint 20 would have been impossible for a newbie.

    10. It is easy to use.So is Windows, but with Linux There is [nearly] always that extra step that needs to be taken to complete a task.

    Let’s take a look at number 11!
    Which version of Linux do you recommend, because there is only 1 Windows version, and also only 1 Mac version, BUT, there are 627 versions of Linux – which includes choosing a Linux OS and then having to choose a desktop.

    And that is where you will lose them. Ever Linux user [including me] thinks they have the perfect OS, so that is what they will recommend. I’m sure you’ve seen the posts in various Linux forums where some-one posts – “WHY would you want to use anything else”. Well, I can think of a lot of reasons.

    I would love it if Linux was to become a mainstream OS, mainly for the additional software choices that would become available -eg. IrfanView. At the moment who is going to bother for the few users we have.

    And, finally, my recommendation for the W >>> L transition is Linux Mint with the Cinnamon desktop. Why? It’s the setup that most closely resembles Windows.

  2. Vodooyam

    Linux changed my life! as a computer enthusiast I always recommend and install for the family and friends.

  3. Vic Hardy

    When MS Vista came out (2007 or so) I became so frustrated that I made the switch to Ubuntu and never looked back. I had some previous experience with Unix so I knew some of the underlying shell structure and commands.

    I sometimes dual boot to Windows 10 to use Excel (sorry, I’m not a fan of Libre Office) and occasional games but for the most part Ubunu Linux has served me well. Even tough W10 I think is Microsoft’s best version, it’s still in your face with pop-ups and the annoying multiple reboots every time you have to upgrade something is soooo dated. The permissions structure of linux is much simpler and easy to understand.

    Linux though does take some knowledge of the shell and can be difficult for the uninitiated at first; it’s not really a good option for the masses but is getting better. There are still times when you need to drop down to bash and muck with dpkg and other low level commands. But for those with a willingness to learn and get their hands dirty it’s a fun learning experience and a reliable OS.

    1. Gagan Mishra

      I do agree

  4. Jed

    So, the question is, would you make the switch? Write down below and try some of the popular Linux Distributions.

    Why isn’t Linux Mint listed?
    This is what I said in my previous post –
    [NOT PUBLISHED BECAUSE OF YOUR VANITY].
    Garuda and SUSE – really??

    That should be there with Mint as the only two options for newbies.

    1. Gagan Mishra

      In the upcoming weeks, we will write an article on How to Install Linux Mint and Other Operating which are suitable for neophyte after that we will update this article and by the way Thanks for pointing.

  5. tam B.

    Here are my why not to switch:
    1. It’s Free: well it’s free if you have enough time. Learning how to use “GNU/Linux” system takes time.
    2. Security and privacy: “GNU/Linux” distros are vulnerable to viruses/malwares. And for privacy, don’t forget Ubuntu’s data collection: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/ubuntu-spyware.en.html
    3. Well sure installing modern distors are very easy nowadays. But to use it, you need skills.
    4. Customization: one of the best thing about “GNU/Linux” distros.
    5. Reliablity: depends on which distro/version you are using.
    6. Upgrading a distro can be nightmare. Yes, upgrade can be done in a click of button, but you should be ready for the consequence (at least if you use Mint).
    7. I agree with this.
    8. If you are lucky, which is almost always the case. But sometimes you might find driver unavailability for wifi or fingerprint reader or…
    9. True.
    10. Once you’ve learned how to use it.

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